San Diego (October 17-24, 2006)
This trip turned our much better than the Orlando trip, at least for me, as the problems we had at Orlando either weren't there or I prepared for them. The weather was fantastic and the city is pretty, and laid out along the coast so that you can easily get a feel for where you are (unlike Orlando!).
On the first day, we drove over the bridge to Coronado, where we had a great view of the city (see photo above).
We went to SeaWorld the next day, and that was a lot like a Disney theme park. The killer whale Shamu show "Believe" was really impressive.
Afterwards we watched one of the killer whales feed tidbits to the egrets that were hanging around.
The dolphin show was interesting, but a bit of a letdown after seeing the Shamu show.
The penguin exhibit was closed till who knows when, but the Magellanic penguins out the front were cute and entertaining to watch. They are hand-fed every afternoon.
Unfortunately, Steve became sick during the trip, so I spent two days sightseeing alone. I visited SeaWorld again, and watched the sea lions showing off.
Batrays and catfish could be hand-fed too!.
The sea lion show "Clyde and Seamore in Deep, Deep Trouble" was relaxed and a lot of fun.
I had to go back to see the Shamu show again!